No. 499: "Mistakes, I've Made a Few, but Then Again, Too Few To Mention …"
While Kasparov's Double Fianchetto helped him play that game to a draw, Thursday's game also ended in a draw, giving Kramnik enough points to win the match, the title of world champion, and a prize of $1.33 million. Kasparov went home with $670,000 and a bemused chess groupy who thought he'd won, and was Keith Richards. Or perhaps not.
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"Bush, Gore Battle for Votes."— Excite News Online, Nov. 1, 2000
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"Last night I raised the brightness level on my television and all the Bush ads disappeared."
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Among those arrayed on one side—Barbra Streisand, Stephen King, Martin Sheen, Marlo Thomas, Cher, Ben Affleck, Rob Reiner, Whoopi Goldberg, Christine Lahti, Susan Dey, Melissa Etheridge, Stevie Wonder, Jewel, Alfre Woodard, and Jon Bon Jovi. On the other—Chuck Norris, Charlton Heston, Bo Derek, and the Oak Ridge Boys. What is the event? What is its likely outcome?
A single Fianchetto, Starbucks.
Randy Cohen used to write Slate's "News Quiz." His most recent book—oh, like you don't know.